Revolutions have many things in common. One is the efforts revolutionaries make, once they have consolidated power, to ensure their version of change becomes the official narrative. This, as often as not, leads to one-dimensional, self-serving history. Writers, painters, film-makers, poets and songwriters — journalists too — all contribute to that process. Most do so with integrity and enthusiasm but not all are examples of scrupulous disinterest.
Late last year, when the movement of the dates for the Laurels was first mooted, there was some talk of the possibility of a bonus being put in place to reward any greyhound which could win the newly arranged Curraheen Classic and go on to land the English Derby.
Last year, the Irish Greyhound Board was presented with a report into a scam to rig races, and into the initial, error-strewn inquiry that had found nothing wrong. On learning that the report was to be published in the ‘Irish Examiner’, the IGB accepted its findings and promised to implement them. Investigative correspondent Conor Ryan details the report’s contents